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Companies

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Algae a Greener Biofuel Than Ethanol? / Companies / Renewable Energy

By: Jennifer_Barry

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn my May article, Food Shock , I mentioned that biofuel production was consuming many of the crops normally used for food. Riots have broken out over the sharp price rises of 37% last year, and 16% so far in 2008. Coffee, soybeans and wheat are increasingly diverted to biodiesel production, driving prices higher. Almost a quarter of America's corn crop was distilled into ethanol last year, and the percentage is expected to grow another 10% in 2008.

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Companies

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Marks & Spencer Shares Crash on Real Retail Sales Slump / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Marks & Spencer's share price crashed by 25% today following announcement of a sharp drop in sales of 5.3% for the second quarter. The slump in sales translates into a sharp fall in profits for the same period that defies the retail sales statistics released for May 2008. M&S earnings could fall by as much as 1/3rd for the current financial year on existing expectations of £900 million, as consumers continue to cut back on spending in the face of loss of household equity, increased debt servicing costs and higher energy and food costs.

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Companies

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Can Battery Technology Save General Motors / Companies / US Auto's

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe saga at GM continues. On Monday I spoke of GM's Ridiculous Bluff to raise prices on the 2009 line of autos.

GM and GMAC were in the news again on Tuesday on cash burning concerns. Let's take a look. Bloomberg is reporting GMAC's $60 Billion Deal Loses Traction as Cash Burns .

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Companies

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Expansive Monetary Policy Bullish for Small Cap Stock Performance / Companies / Sector Analysis

By: Joseph_Dancy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNumerous studies have presented evidence investors receive excess returns, or an investment premium, when investing in small and micro capitalization stocks. The findings indicate that even after considering the higher risk associated with investing in the small companies the small cap sector generates excess returns on a risk-adjusted basis.

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Companies

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

General Motors Ridiculous Bluff / Companies / US Auto's

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGM needs some poker playing lessons. The first rule of bluffing is that it's important that not everyone else at the table not know it's a bluff.

The Kansas City Star is reporting GM to raise prices on 2009 models, cut production .
General Motors Corp. told dealers Monday it plans to raise prices on 2009 models by an average of 3.5 percent despite a tough market that is forcing the automaker to cut production and discount its 2008 models.

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Companies

Friday, June 20, 2008

US Banking Stocks Downward Spiral to Zero / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn Wednesday, BankUnited Financial Corporation Announced Public Offering of Stock .
BankUnited Financial Corporation (BKUNA) today announced the launch of a public offering of its Class A common stock, with gross proceeds of $400 million. The offering is expected to be pursuant to customary underwriting terms for a firm commitment offering of this type.

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Companies

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Banking Sector Earnings Won't Recover / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Minyan Peter, former bank treasurer at a very large national bank, was writing this morning about the financial sector in general and Goldman Sachs in particular in a post called Immunity. Let's take a look.

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Companies

Monday, June 16, 2008

Barclays SWF Cash Call, Nationwide Mortgage Interest Rate Hikes / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of Britain's biggest banks, Barclays after weeks of cash call rumours finally looks set to follow the rest of the banking sector in another cash call rights issue that aims to raise £4 billion from investors in an attempt to improve the banks balance sheet in the face of a deepening credit crisis. Barclays may even go so far as using some of the cash raised to bid for Bradford & Bingley which has seen its share price collapse from £4.50 to as low as 60p, however I personally doubt it will.

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Companies

Friday, June 13, 2008

Exxon Exits Low Profit Gas Pump Retail Business / Companies / Oil Companies

By: Mike_Shedlock

The Wall Street Journal is reporting Out of Gas:Exxon to Exit Low-Profit Retail Pumps .
Exxon Mobil Corp., purveyor of one of the most recognizable gasoline brands in the world, is getting out of the domestic retail gasoline business. The oil giant said Thursday that over the next few years it will sell the 2,220 gasoline stations it owns in the U.S.

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Companies

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lehman Brothers- Next to Follow Bear Stearns Into Credit Crisis Oblivion? / Companies / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Shedlock

Lehman's has made some extremely large property bets right at the tip of the commercial real estate bubble. Those bets are now going sour. Let's pick up the story from the WSJ article Lehman's Property Bets Are Coming Back to Bite .

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Companies

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Three Profitable Investment Trends in China / Companies / China Stocks

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI just returned from China and boy was it an informative trip.

Of course, you have to understand that when I travel to Asia, I don't limit my conversation to just corporate bigwigs. I chat up anybody who can give me information about the economy and that includes people like taxi drivers, bellmen, waitresses, retail clerks, other traveling businesspeople, and even students.

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Companies

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Bradford & Bingley's Dream Turns Into a Mortgage Default Nightmare / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe credit crisis continues to hit Bradford & Bingley bank that has heavy exposure to the speculative buy to let mortgage market. The bank ran a string of glossy, visually appealing TV adverts shortly following the spectacular Northern Rock collapse last September, the management tried their hardest to give assurance to the public that it was a case of business as usual for B&B. Despite many signs at the time that the number 2 slot after Northern Rock for credit crisis and housing market risk woes was reserved for Bradford & Bingley.

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Companies

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Why Mark-to-Market is Bad News for Shareholders / Companies / Market Manipulation

By: Martin_Hutchinson

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“When I use a word” said Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's “ Through the Looking-Glass ,” “it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.”

It has always been the ambition of Wall Street to bring its financial statements under a similar type of discipline. And if the The Institute for International Finance Inc.'s new proposal on “mark-to-market” accounting is implemented, Wall Street will have achieved this objective.

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Companies

Monday, June 02, 2008

Bradford and Bingley- Another Bank Cracks Under Credit Crunch Pressure / Companies / Banking Stocks

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bradford and Bingley, Britain's biggest buy to let mortgage lender is expected to announce another profits warning later today as its Chief Executive abandoned the sinking ship ahead of a £300 million originally heavily discounted rights issue at 82p, which given Friday's close of 86p and today's expected price slump looks increasingly vulnerable.

Way back in August 2007, well before the credit crisis broke across the mainstream media, I specifically warned of three mortgage banks that are especially vulnerable during the next housing bust Of the three the first one to go was Northern Rock in spectacular style and much earlier than one could have imagined during Sept 07, by way of the first run on a British bank in 150 years. The Government eventually did another u-turn by nationalising the bank in January 08.

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Companies

Friday, May 30, 2008

The McDonalds Falling US Dollar Menu / Companies / Food Crisis

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMcDonalds Corp (MCD) held its annual meeting last Thursday, May 22 nd , and stated it has no plans to tamper with its highly successful dollar menu, which accounts for 14% of the company's sales. However, The Golden Arches must wish that its dollar menu was on the McGold standard instead of being based on a currency that has fallen 40% in the last 6 years. That dollar decline is putting the squeeze on the Oak Brook, Illinois-based firm, as agricultural input prices are surging while consumer food prices are only up about 4% since last year.

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Companies

Friday, May 30, 2008

What Hewlett-Packard's Acquisition of EDS Means to Accenture / Companies / Mergers & Acquisitions

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInvestors who wish to beat the market often look for value in picking stocks. Hewlett-Packard's (HP) acquisition of EDS (EDS) presents an opportunity to examine the large IT Services Provides. The move by HP doubles their market share in the global Information Technology Services market. Further, IBM's recent success stems primarily from the growth in its services business. Mark Hurd, HP's CEO, is trying to follow the IBM business model where services are the driver for growth. 

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Companies

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Home Depot Hammered by US Housing Market Slump / Companies / Housing Stocks

By: Mike_Shedlock

A weakening economy is hammering the home improvement retailers. Both Home Depot and Lowe's are feeling the slowdown.

Home Depot's Net Falls 66% As Homeowners Cut Projects

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Companies

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Mining Companies Risk / Companies / Metals & Mining

By: David_Morgan

In last weeks column we discussed some risks associated with the junior mining sector. In this week's article it is important to recognize what has just been reported about mining operations in Venezuela, an article posted on International Business Times yesterday stated, "Hecla Mining's Isidora gold mine is the third operation in just one week in Venezuela's mineral rich Bolivar State to suffer a roadblock. Venezuelan workers have stalled operations of the country's largest gold miner, citing poor working conditions and demanding that President Hugo Chavez nationalize the mine." 

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Companies

Monday, May 05, 2008

Final Verdict on First Quarter Earnings Season / Companies / Corporate Earnings

By: William_Patalon_III

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith earnings season starting to wind down, investors are not anticipating many new surprises.  Still, a few prominent players are set to report this week led by The Walt Disney Co. ( DIS ) (entertainment), Cisco Systems Inc. ( CSCO ) (tech), and American International Group Inc. ( AIG ) (financial services).

The Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT ) / Yahoo Inc. ( YHOO ) (and occasionally Google Inc. ( GOOG ) ) soap opera will be worth watching - if only to make sure that Microsoft's withdrawal isn't a cover ploy for a hostile run at Yahoo [ For a related news story in this issue of Money Morning that details Microsoft's decision drop its pursuit of Yahoo , please click here ].

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Companies

Monday, May 05, 2008

Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Bid- Shares Plunge on US Open / Companies / Mergers & Acquisitions

By: Martin_Hutchinson

Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT ) last Saturday yanked its $44.6 billion bid for struggling Internet-search pioneer Yahoo! Inc. ( YHOO ) after the two companies were unable to come to terms over the buyout price.

In a statement, the software giant said it failed to win over Yahoo's board of directors - even after boosting its bid by $5 billion. To move forward from here would require a shift into hostile mode, Microsoft said, a time-consuming and uncertainty filled process that would make Yahoo "undesirable as an acquisition candidate."

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